Sony's break apart pad idea returns, this time with Move bobbles

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#1 Posted by SecretPolice (31579 posts) -

Teh gimmicky? :o :P

Anyway, discuss if you wish.

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http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2012-11-30-sonys-break-apart-pad-idea-returns-this-time-with-move-bobbles

Sony's break apart pad idea returns, this time with Move bobbles

Bit gaudy but makes sense

Sony patented a "break apart" PS3 controller in 2008 but it never materialised; now Sony's doing similar - only this time with added bells and whistles.

The obvious speculation is whether this is what Sony's planning for PS4. (No! Bring back the tacky banana pad!)

The patent titled Hybrid Separable Motion Controller was filed in May last year and published 13th November this year.

banana

Oh whoops I've been sick again, although, you know, those extended grips may be needed for a break apart pad.

The most arresting part of the new design are the PlayStation Move-like bobbles on each shoulder of the pad. Otherwise the controller looks more or less identical to the DualShock 3 PS3 pad.

Each half of the controller can also feature motion-sensing technology like a gyroscope, accelerometer and magnetometer. That's on top of rumble, a speaker (apparently) and analogue stick/button inputs.

One set of pictures shows extended palm grips that more closely resemble the length of the Move controller than the DualShock 3 controller. The patent noted that a contoured and textured surface may be used to help grip the damn things and not fling them at your telly/friends. There's another hideous picture that showed wrist straps at the bottom of each half of the controller.

Most of the patent concerned the technology that would enable the pad to be broken apart and refitted, and ensure the linked console knew what the hell was going on. The actual practical gaming applications aren't really discussed in detail, but you can imagine what they might be.

In this patent's case, the pictures do the talking (via TheSixthAxis)

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#2 Posted by GamerwillzPS (8531 posts) -

Ridiculous.

I hope I will have the option of using DualShock 3 with the PS4 with all games supporting it. Otherwise I may be a PC-only gamer.

But still, I'm going to wait until Sony announce the PS4 and its controller before making a final judgement.

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#3 Posted by nintendoboy16 (33358 posts) -
Sounds like a clusterf***.
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#4 Posted by SecretPolice (31579 posts) -

Sounds like a clusterf***.nintendoboy16
I just shrugged my Bobble Shoulders. :twisted:

But yeah, I kinda agree but we'll just need to wait and see. :P

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#5 Posted by hiryu3 (7313 posts) -
Sounds like a clusterf***.nintendoboy16
true but so many have complained about the DS not ever changing.
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#6 Posted by Heil68 (57640 posts) -
Awww yeah, hope it comes with the PS4 which we all know is a go, lock and loaded. Day fuking 1. Thank you Sony.
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#7 Posted by SecretPolice (31579 posts) -

Awww yeah, hope it comes with the PS4 which we all know is a go, lock and loaded. Day fuking 1. Thank you Sony. Heil68
:lol: Oh You...

"shrugs Bobble Shoulders" :P

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#8 Posted by Heil68 (57640 posts) -

[QUOTE="Heil68"]Awww yeah, hope it comes with the PS4 which we all know is a go, lock and loaded. Day fuking 1. Thank you Sony. SecretPolice

:lol: Oh You...

"shrugs Bobble Shoulders" :P

I'll probably buy 2 and donate on to the library so more people can enjoy the wholesome goodness and the barn bursting amount of world class, high scoring games that it will enjoy.
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#9 Posted by el3m2tigre (4232 posts) -

Just gimme my dual shock...

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#10 Posted by campzor (34932 posts) -
get those balls away from my hands.
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#11 Posted by HaloPimp978 (7329 posts) -

Just give me the Dualshock 4.

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#12 Posted by funsohng (29841 posts) -
I'd rather have that stupid dualshock 4, which no doubt would be almost exact same thing as dualshock 3 but sh*ttier, which happened to be dualshock 2 with somehow sh*tty design, which in itself was dualshock 1 with analogs.
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#13 Posted by SectorSix6 (201 posts) -
i dont want balls on my controller
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#14 Posted by AmazonTreeBoa (16745 posts) -
I don't get it. What's the point of this controller? Why would I want a controller that I can take apart and have two controller pieces?
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#15 Posted by funsohng (29841 posts) -
I don't get it. What's the point of this controller? Why would I want a controller that I can take apart and have two controller pieces? AmazonTreeBoa
hey yo i herd u liek controllas so we put controller in yo controller so u can waggle while u waggle.
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#16 Posted by SecretPolice (31579 posts) -

I don't get it. What's the point of this controller? Why would I want a controller that I can take apart and have two controller pieces? AmazonTreeBoa
The bobbles man, motion control, one for each hand. :P

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#17 Posted by Daves_Alt (43 posts) -
INB4 Nintendo/Microsoft copies like they always do
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#18 Posted by Gue1 (12171 posts) -

why so much insistence in adding motion sensing to a traditional controller when is obvious that it will not work? Current controllers have enough buttons as it is anyway and something like this would only make thing more complicated.

Sony should keep doing what they been doing while evolving the PS Eye and Move controller and forget about everything else. Then they'll have 3 different controllers: one for the traditionalist, one for those that like to to jump and do stupid stuff and another one for those that prefer something in the middle with buttons and motion sensing with the Move.

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#19 Posted by flashn00b (3469 posts) -

Well, at least it doesn't look like an adult novelty product.

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#20 Posted by Zophar87 (4344 posts) -

Yep, your thread is better.

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#21 Posted by KBFloYd (18436 posts) -

cows avoiding this thread like the plague

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#22 Posted by TheDidact (3986 posts) -
[QUOTE="SecretPolice"]

[QUOTE="Heil68"]Awww yeah, hope it comes with the PS4 which we all know is a go, lock and loaded. Day fuking 1. Thank you Sony. Heil68

:lol: Oh You...

"shrugs Bobble Shoulders" :P

I'll probably buy 2 and donate on to the library so more people can enjoy the wholesome goodness and the barn bursting amount of world class, high scoring games that it will enjoy.

You're buying Kuraimen his first console? That's so nice of you! Anyway, meh @ the controller.
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#23 Posted by DarkGamer007 (6033 posts) -

It is an interesting concept for sure that solves the requirement for console owners to purchase both motion and non-motion controllers. Those two spheres look rediculious though, I mean really, who thought that looked even passable? It looks ****ing silly and stupid. Get rid of those and the controller will look decent.

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#24 Posted by Nonstop-Madness (9840 posts) -
Another day, another tech patent, whats new ?
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#25 Posted by AmazonTreeBoa (16745 posts) -
[QUOTE="AmazonTreeBoa"]I don't get it. What's the point of this controller? Why would I want a controller that I can take apart and have two controller pieces? funsohng
hey yo i herd u liek controllas so we put controller in yo controller so u can waggle while u waggle.

Again, but in English this time.
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#26 Posted by mariokart64fan (20531 posts) -

i was just about to post this , thanks for saving me the effort,

any how something sounds familiar--- speaker inbedded into the remote sounds like sony ripping more ideas off the wii mote well at least wii u has two stereo speakers instead of just one mono speaker lol sony a gen behind confirmed next gen haha

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#27 Posted by GreenGoblin2099 (16988 posts) -

Just gimme my dual shock...

el3m2tigre

This... if Sony forces me to play with that crap, I'm switching to some other console.

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#28 Posted by getyeryayasout (11413 posts) -
How many sets of balls is a fella supposed to play with in a day? My current record is one.
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#29 Posted by Drasonak (1515 posts) -

They aren't taking this idea as seriously as you guys. It's just a patent. It probably won't surface, but it's always handy to have a patent for it just incase.

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#30 Posted by Drasonak (1515 posts) -
I don't get it. What's the point of this controller? Why would I want a controller that I can take apart and have two controller pieces? AmazonTreeBoa
It's so they can have the traditional controller intact while also having it serve as a motion controller when needed. That way, they don't have to sell many different times of controllers to separate the traditional-controlled games from the motion-controlled games. Not at all a hard concept to understand.
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#31 Posted by ninjapirate2000 (3347 posts) -

:lol: How "innovative"

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#32 Posted by santoron (8583 posts) -
I could've sworn we've seen them play with the break apart Move idea before. Oh well. Even if this is a new concept it's not likely to show up by ore than their other split controller concepts have. And if it Does make it, it's not anymore likely to make it into my collection than the original Move. :lol:
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#33 Posted by darkspineslayer (22389 posts) -
get those balls away from my hands.campzor
I lol'd. Anyways, I wonder if they left room to stick a tablet screen between those? ...just give me a f*cking dualshock Sony. You do that instead of trying to pull the same shenanigans we have rumoured from MS, and you'll be golden.
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#34 Posted by goblaa (19304 posts) -

I don't get it. What's the point of this controller? Why would I want a controller that I can take apart and have two controller pieces? AmazonTreeBoa

Actually, from years of wii, I can tell you that having each hand seperate is a super comfortable way to play. Very relaxing.

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#35 Posted by Cherokee_Jack (32198 posts) -
It's still a good idea, but the globes make it clunky. How about they swap them out for IR sensors and we take a break from wands this generation?
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#36 Posted by Cherokee_Jack (32198 posts) -

:lol: How "innovative"

ninjapirate2000
Yeah, what a shameless knockoff of Nintendo's break-apart controller.
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#37 Posted by XenogearsMaster (3174 posts) -
It's a nice conceptual design. I doubt they are going to include the balls maybe replace it with a different shape... The whinning and the b|tching will happen and judging by the comments, I'm not wrong.
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#38 Posted by Sphensen (1146 posts) -

it's a good why to try and get multiplatted games that the Kintect would have, with the Xbox 720 speculated to have kintect 2.0 built in. It makes sense for sony to build in the playstation eye and incorporate it all into one controller. with dual points of reference for the eye it would theoreticallybe better than the kinect and isn't that what a console company tries to do?

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#39 Posted by LittleMac19 (1638 posts) -
They're trying to figure out how to copy Nintendo without making it too obvious.
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#40 Posted by tormentos (26626 posts) -
I hate the gimmick part but kind of make sense,both controllers in one core and casual,eliminating fragmentation because all PS4 would have one,one controller standard. Is like having move with the nun chuck build in + a dual shock,i see some people complaining about this but is brilliant cost effectiveness and eliminate fragmentation,and as long as the DS design remain i am ok with it.
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#41 Posted by tormentos (26626 posts) -

i was just about to post this , thanks for saving me the effort,

any how something sounds familiar--- speaker inbedded into the remote sounds like sony ripping more ideas off the wii mote well at least wii u has two stereo speakers instead of just one mono speaker lol sony a gen behind confirmed next gen haha

mariokart64fan
Yeah because Nintendo did no pull the wii u tablet from the PS3 PSP interaction.. Any way nintendo is credit with motion when MS on PC had a motion control before the Gamecube even existed let alone the wii.. There will always be imitation on the industry get use to it,it happen on all markets.